As the calendars roll around into summer, it is time to begin thinking about the 2016-17 sports season! In this letter, you will find the information you need in regards to physicals and medical information that you need to get your son eligible for Priory athletics this year. I apologize for the length of the letter, but please take time to review the information as some changes have been made.
August 1, 2016 will be the first day of practice for all high school students participating in cross-country, football, and soccer. Your son must have a current physical on file by this date. Physicals are due no later than July 29 to either Mrs. Tina Pilla (9th-12th grades) or Mrs. Carrie Lane (7th and 8th grades). You can download the appropriate MSHSAA physical form here.
This is a four-page form which the student, parent and physician must complete in order for the student to be cleared to participate. The first page of the form should be filled out and signed by both the student and parent. Please copy the completed first page for your physician to review at the time of the student’s physical exam.
The student’s physician should complete and sign the second page of the form following a physical exam of the student, keeping a copy of the completed first page in the student’s medical file. Physicals performed by chiropractors or registered nurses (RN) will not be accepted.
The third page contains the “Student Agreement” form, which the student should read and sign. They also contain a “Parent Permission” statement, which includes authorization to participate, authorization for treatment, release of medical information and insurance information. This must be signed by the parent.
The MSHSAA website contains important information on concussion as well as a concussion video. All students and parents must read this information and view the video which can be found on the MSHSAA website under the “Sports Medicine” tab and listed as the “MSHSAA Concussion Information Packet.” Page four of our form requires the signature of both the student and parent acknowledging that these MSHSAA materials on concussion have been reviewed.
Please complete the entire four-page form, including signatures in all appropriate places. Keep a copy of the completed form for your own records. The completed form must be turned in before your high school student will be permitted to participate in the practices for cross-country, football and soccer, which begin on August 1, 2016. No exceptions will be made.
You can also download a letter from me before the fall term begins explaining our policies and procedures and regarding ImPACT concussion testing. I look forward to another wonderful year and we look forward to working with you to keep your son safe and healthy!
Derrick Neuner, MS, LAT, ATC
Head Certified Athletic Trainer
St. Luke’s Hospital / Saint Louis Priory School